Role: Associate Playwright

Location: The Royal Court Theatre, London 

Contract: 1 day per week, 1 year fixed term contract  

Salary: £7,970.40 (gross) per annum pro-rata (£39,852 (gross) per annum FTE) 






The Royal Court Theatre has an exciting and unique opportunity for someone to join the team as an Associate Playwright.


This role will join a new group of Associate Playwrights, working alongside the leadership team at the Royal Court to place theatre writers at the heart of planning and decision-making across all our work. In particular, over this first year with a new artistic director in post, there is the ambition to redefine our approach, public articulation of our work, and the role we play in the playwrighting ecology more broadly.


This job is an invitation to come and be part of that thinking and to shape the Royal Court’s future: the writers’ theatre led by writers.


The successful candidate will have:

  • Experience, involvement and ongoing activity as a working playwright
  • Demonstrable commitment to building and contributing to the best working culture for artists and staff, including advancing anti-racism and anti-oppression either in the theatre sector or more widely
  • Track record for supporting and developing the work of fellow writers and/or the wider theatre ecology, those this could be in any form or context.
  • A passion for the mission of the Royal Court and desire to contribute to its future


Further details of the role can be found in the job pack, attached. If you are interested in this role, please review the job description and email a CV and Cover Letter (in Word doc or PDF) to by no later than 10am on 23rd May 2024. Please address how you meet the criteria set out above within your application.


To note, your application can also be sent through in the form of a voice note, or PowerPoint presentation (no more than five slides). Should there be a more accessible format for your application to be received, please contact the recruitment inbox


The Royal Court Theatre operates the Disability Confident scheme, which means you are guaranteed to be shortlisted to the next stage if you meet the minimum criteria. Please clearly outline in your email if you would like to be considered under this scheme.


If you have any questions about the role, please do not hesitate to contact the recruitment inbox ahead of the closing date.